A Taxonomy of IEEE 802.11 Wireless Parameters and Open Source Measurement Tools

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The analysis and evaluation of new wireless network protocols is a long process that requires mathematical analysis, simulations, and increasingly experimentations under real conditions. Measurements are essential to analyze the performance of wireless protocols such as IEEE 802.11 networks in real environments, but experimentations are complex to perform and analyze. Usually, network researchers develop their own tools, sometimes from scratch, to fit the requirements of their experimentations, and these tools are then abandoned when the paper is published. In this paper, the authors emphasize the importance, for the network research community, to use and contribute to the development of open source measurement tools.